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Empress Zenobia: Palmyra's Rebel Queen

Empress Zenobia: Palmyra's Rebel Queen

by Pat Southern
Empress Zenobia: Palmyra's Rebel Queen

Empress Zenobia: Palmyra's Rebel Queen

by Pat Southern


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The ancient sources for the life and times of Zenobia are sparse, and the surviving literary works are biased towards the Roman point of view, much as are the sources for two other famous women who challenged Rome, Cleopatra and Boudica. In Empress Zenobia, Pat Southern seeks to tell the other side of the legendary 3rd century queen's place in history.
As queen of Palmyra (present-day Syria), Zenobia was acknowledged in her lifetime as beautiful and clever, gathering round her at the Palmyrene court writers and poets, artists and philosophers. It was said that Zenobia claimed descent from Cleopatra, which cannot be true but is indicative of how she saw herself and how she intended to be seen by others at home and abroad. This lively narrative explores the legendary queen and charts the progression of her unequivocal declaration, not only of independence from Rome, but of supremacy. Initially, Zenobia acknowledged the suzerainty of the Roman Emperors, but finally began to call herself Augusta and her son Vaballathus Augustus. There could be no clearer challenge to the authority of Rome in the east, drawing the Emperor Aurelian to the final battles and the submission of Palmyra in AD 272.

Zenobia's story has inspired many melodramatic fictions but few factual volumes of any authority have been published. Pat Southern's book is a lively account that is both up to date and authoritative, as well as thoroughly engaging.

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ISBN-13: 9781441173515
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 11/17/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 224
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Pat Southern is an expert on Classical History and is the author of many authoritative books in this area including The Roman Empire from Severus to Constantine; The Late Roman Army and biographies of Augustus and Domitian (all published by Routledge).

Table of Contents

1: Zenobia in History
2: Palmyra and Rome
3: Septimius Odenathus, Corrector Totius Orientis
4: Zenobia Widowed
5: Septimia Zenobia Augusta
6: Aurelian and the Roman Recovery
7: Aftermath

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